Representative image. Demolition underway in Khori Gaon in Haryana’s Faridabad. Photo: Twitter/@leenadhankhar

By The Wire Staff

New Delhi: In a case regarding illegal demolition of houses, the Madhya Pradesh high court has directed “disciplinary action” against the concerned municipal authorities and awarded Rs 1 lakh in compensation to the petitioner.

The petitioner, Radha Langri, had approached the court seeking compensation for the demolition of her houses carried out without following due procedure by the Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC).

Justice Vivek Rusia, while delivering the ruling, said, “As observed repeatedly by this court, it has become fashionable now for local administration and local bodies to demolish any house by drawing up proceedings without complying with the Principal of Natural Justice and publish it in the newspaper. It appears that in this case also the criminal case was registered against one of the family members of the petitioners and demolition activities were carried out.”

UMC argued that the demolitions were justified as the houses (house no. 466 and 467) had been constructed in violation of the Municipal Corporation Act since the petitioners had not obtained building permission beforehand.

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